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Holder denied chance to play in T20 tourney

 Captain of the West Indies cricket team, Jason Holder, despite being drafted, will not participate in the upcoming inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament as he has been denied a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

In a comment posted on Twitter recently, Holder thanked franchise team Quetta Gladiators for selecting him, but expressed that he has not been granted permission to take up the offer.

“Thanks @TeamQuetta for the opportunity,” stated Holder.

“I was not granted a NOC by @westindies and won’t be able to join. Best wishes #maybeoneday.”

Holder, one of 15 players with central-retained WICB contracts, would have joined several of the world’s leading players for the February 4-23 championship in the United Arab Emirates.

These include non-contracted West Indies players Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree.

The West Indies Cricket Board explained that the reason behind the non-issuance of a NOC to Holder was based on an organisational policy.

“The WICB has created the window for its retained players to participate in the Indian Premier League, and the Caribbean Premier League,” said WICB marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford.

“The captain is among the retained players and has an obligation to participate in the domestic competitions.”

The PSL, on behalf of Quetta, one of five teams down to participate in the tournament, also issued a statement on the matter.

“Holder was an important part of our plans, but what can we do now,” a PSL official told The Express Tribune.

“We wish him good luck for his assignment, while we’re delighted to sign such a brilliant replacement in the form of (Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara) Perera, who is a clever bowler and a big hitter.”

The PSL is the latest among a flurry of national Twenty20 tournaments that has emerged worldwide since the early 2000s.

Among these are the Indian Premier League, Australia Big Bash, Caribbean Premier League, South Africa Ram Slam, and England NatWest T20 Blast.

4 Responses to Holder denied chance to play in T20 tourney

  1. Alex Alleyne January 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    WICB denied the guy to go make an “extra piece of change”.
    Is this their new policy ????????????????????????????????.

  2. Collin Colliie Chase
    Collin Colliie Chase January 11, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    You should have done this to other players before Jason.

  3. Nathaniel Anderson January 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Come on, Alex. Do you expect West Indies to let their contracted players go off to play other tournaments when there is a cricket tournament going on in our backyard? It can’t happen if we want our cricket to improve and the sponsors will demand our best available players are on show.
    If Jason wants to join the PSL he can break his contract with the Board and then reapply for inclusion to the PSL.

  4. Walter Prescod January 12, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I am not surprise by this from this WIBC . And then you get some sheepdogs who defend them. R.I. P. WI cricket!


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